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Archive for May, 2012

Art After Dark this Friday – “SLO SCENES”!

Please join us for Art After Dark this Friday, June 1st, from 6-8 pm, and see the beautiful images that artists have created depicting our lovely town and county.

It’ll be a party!

  Jan French

  Chris Bekins

  Paula Schroeder

  Carole McDonald

  Susan Wood

Wonderful new work in our Gallery!

Stop by and see the magnificent work of our newest artist in Art Central’s gallery!


Eileen Braun is a native of Massachusetts. Her formal arts training began at C. W. Post College (Long Island New York) and continued at Indiana University (Bloomington) where she was awarded a B. A. degree in Sculpture and Education. Her ceramics training was acquired at local Arts Centers and Regional Workshops. Ms. Braun has taught in public schools, served as Executive Director of a suburban New York Arts Center, and also has experience as a Museum Gift Buyer and Manager. Ms. Braun completes the majority of her work in her Atlanta, Georgia home studio.

I’m placing orders… want something SPECIAL?!

hi!  I’ll be placing an order with Savoir Faire in a couple of weeks – I don’t do this often, so if there is something you want, it’s a great time to tell me!  

Savoir Faire is the distributor of Sennelier, Fabriano, Cretacolor, Lascaux, Charbonnel, Isabey and Raphael.

Some items I can order as individual items (especially sets!, large tubes of paint, etc)…(smaller items may need to be ordered in a package of 3, 5, etc.)   If you think you’d like to order something, please give me a call, or better yet, e-mail me – I’ll get you pricing and & availability!  We can be reached at, or 747-4200.  

I will be out of the store most of next week, but won’t place my order until around June 1st.

Thanks!  etty

WATERCOLOR demonstrations this Saturday!

Some spaces are still available for our 1pm demo with Chris Van Winkle – Call or e-mail us to sign up, today!!!

(The 1st demo (at 11am) is full!)

June will be all about “SLO SCENES”!


Art Central’s June show will be all about San Luis Obispo.
Familiar places, new places? We artists love to explore this county and town!
If you’ve got your own vision of the area, whether it is well known, iconic, or your own secret place…  share them with us for this show!
To be a part of the exhibit and to receive the entry form, please e-mail us at, and tell us the medium and size of your piece of work. 
We will be limiting the size of 2 dimensional work for this show – the outside dimensions must be 24×24″ or smaller.

Art After Dark TONIGHT … Underwater Dreams….


Imagination dives deep into a place of color and many senses. Submerge yourself in the work of diverse local artists and see how creatively they reveal our underwater world.
Check out what washed ashore in the gallery May 3rd-29th!
Artist’s reception TONIGHT!!!  6-8pm.

Special Demo with Chris Van Winkle! May 19th, 11am

    Art Central is pleased to present Chris Van Winkle

Watercolor Demonstration,  Saturday, May 19, 2012,  11am to 3pm

Chris Van Winkle is past president of the National Watercolor Society, signature member of NWS, Watercolor West, Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  His paintings have won many awards and are in collections across the nation.  He is a retired art instructor from Citrus College, Glendora, CA, where he taught for thirty years. Chris has led painting workshops through Europe, Russia, and Canada.

11 AM          Chris will demonstrate Plein Air Techniques for the watercolorist:   speed sketching, wet glazing, and negative painting.These special skills make scene painting more efficient, and the work go a little quicker.

12 NOON    The second session will concentrate on Color Exercises that enliven art:  the use of high intensity contrasts, exciting transitions of temperature, complements and their beautiful neutrals.

1 PM           A repeat of the Plein Air Techniques.

2  PM          A repeat of the Color Exercises

Using these skills and the color notes, Chris will develop small paintings from local sketch book studies.

Chris will be demonstrating with Jack Richeson brushes, paints and paper. He has used Richeson materials for many years and finds them highly suited for plein air work.The Jack Richeson Company is an American manufacturer of fine art products in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Art Central is proud to make Richeson products available for artists here on the Central Coast.

Please contact Art Central by phone or e-mail to sign up for this demo … space is limited!!!   805 747-4200,

(805) 747 4200